Chocolate Brownie Protein Balls

Test Kitchen Review

test kitchen chocolate brownie protein ball recipe

I’ve been looking for a simple/easy snack that has both dates and protein (and chocolate!), so I found these chocolate brownie protein balls on Pinterest and tried them out in the Snack Homie Test Kitchen.

The result!

I made this chocolate brownie protein balls recipe three times in one week. My wife even likes them (shocking!). I think the “brownie” in the title is misleading—only a brownie is a brownie, right?—but they’re definitely cocoa protein balls.

Chocolate Protein Balls

Zoom and enhance! This is an upclose pic I took in my kitchen. 

The “slightly tweaked” recipe 

I tweaked the original recipe a bit for two reasons: 1) the website with the original recipe was down when I tried to make it the second time, and 2) I don’t like walnuts and I don’t understand why salt is needed (if you disagree, let me hear it in the comments). Also, I used a bit of oil from my almond butter to help the balls stick together. 

List of ingredients

  • 8 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup of nuts*
  • 1 generous scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used Orgain Chocolate Protein Powder)
  • 1/2 cup of almond butter (I usually just eyeball it)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 tbsp of cocoa powder

*I say go crazy and try different nuts. I even used a mix of leftover nuts I found in my pantry.


  1. Just throw it all together in a food processor and hit chop/blend.
  2. I did use something like this 1 Tbsp coffee scoop to form the balls. It made the balls look much nicer than when I used my hands.
  3. Put whatever you don’t eat into the fridge.

What else?

I modified this recipe from Wholefood Simply, so big shout out to that website. Also, let me know if you try this recipe out.

Test Kitchen Review
Previous articleRXBAR Protein Bar Review
Next articleThe Best Soda Alternatives